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Visible minority newcomer women in Regina get IRCC’s support


To ensure that newcomers, specially newcomer women, have the support and services they need to make the most of their talents and experience in order to fully integrate and contribute to the Canadian economy and to their communities, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is providing additional funding of up to $5 million to 10 service provider organizations across Canada over the next two years to increase employment supports and services for newcomer women.

Newcomer women who are members of a visible minority group may face multiple barriers to success, including gender- and race-based discrimination, precarious or low income employment, lack of affordable childcare and weak social supports.

The Conseil Économique et Coopératif de la Saskatchewan (CÉCS) offers group sessions for newcomer women seeking employment to help them update their resumés and prepare for job interviews. CÉCS also offers job fairs tailored to newcomer women in both English and French, and in both urban and rural areas. Increased funding of $310,000 will enable CÉCS to serve more visible minority newcomer women this year.

Identifying IRCC-funded service providers that are already offering strong programming for women and giving them additional funding will provide an immediate boost in capacity to support visible minority newcomer women.

This funding is part of IRCC’s three-year Visible Minority Newcomer Women Pilot, which also includes establishing new partnerships with organizations for women. In December 2018, IRCC launched an expression of interest process for new partnerships with organizations for women not currently funded by the department. IRCC will provide up to $7 million in funding over the next three years for new, innovative programs and services to support visible minority women in accessing the labour market and to build capacity in smaller organizations that serve or are led by visible minority women.

“Employment is key to the successful integration of newcomers,” said Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. “Having a job isn’t just about making an economic contribution to Canada, it’s also about providing a sense of dignity and belonging. Visible minority newcomer women can face multiple barriers to employment, including discrimination and lack of affordable childcare. I’m proud that my department has developed a pilot program that will offer direct support and services to these newcomer women as they get ready for the Canadian workforce, look for jobs and develop their careers.”

 “Visible minority women can face some of the toughest barriers of any newcomers to successful integration in our community and economy,” said Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. “We’re proud to assist more of these women in Regina with their job search thanks to this additional funding for the Conseil Économique et Coopératif de la Saskatchewan.”

A few quick facts:

Visible minority newcomer women have the lowest median annual income of all newcomer groups at $26,624, compared to non-visible minority newcomer women ($30,074), visible minority newcomer men ($35,574), and non-visible minority newcomer men ($42,591).

Visible minority newcomer women are more likely to be unemployed. The unemployment rate of visible minority newcomer women (9.7%) is higher than that of visible minority (8.5%) and non-visible minority (6.4%) newcomer men, based on the 2016 Census.

– Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Posted: May 1, 2019

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